Ontario elementary schools to see walkouts before Christmas

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says every public elementary school in the province will have a one-day walkout by teachers before the start of the Christmas holiday.

An ETFO spokesperson confirmed to CBC News on Thursday that the strikes will begin Monday and all will occur before the last day of school before the holidays.

Earlier Thursday, ETFO had given formal notice that one-day walkouts will be staged Monday in two small school districts — Avon Maitland and Ontario North East.

Avon Maitland District School Board has schools in communities such as Stratford, Wingham and Goderich.

Ontario North East District School Board covers communities such as Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Iroquois Falls.

Education Minister Laurel Broten had said she would allow the one-day walkouts by to go ahead in those school boards without legislating teachers back to work, but she's prepared to act if the job action goes further.

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